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April 29, 2016 (Mundelein, Ill. and Cleveland, Ohio)

CHAMPS Group Purchasing and Medline Announce Distribution Agreement

CHAMPS Group Purchasing and Medline Announce Custom Distribution AgreementGlobal medical supplies’ distributor offering cost savings on supplies to members in scientific markets

CHAMPS Group Purchasing announced today a new three-year custom contract with Medline that offers members in scientific markets, such as research, blood, and transplant, negotiated pricing on a robust portfolio of products to help drive standardization and enhance cost savings.

“CHAMPS is happy to announce an agreement that will extend Medline’s services to CHAMPS’ members in alternate markets,” said Jan Elder, director of contracting services, CHAMPS Group Purchasing. “As the CHAMPS membership continues to grow outside of traditional healthcare markets we welcome this chance to allow these members to maximize their savings opportunities through GPO contract participation. CHAMPS and Medline are offering a great opportunity for these alternate markets to streamline their med/surg purchasing channels.”

In addition to this recent agreement, Medline provides cost savings on custom procedure trays and sterile packs to CHAMPS’ more than 7,000 member locations nationwide. Furthermore, the group purchasing organization is an owner of Premier, Inc. who Medline has nearly 30 contracts with and has been providing supplies to for more than 20 years.

“As our relationship with CHAMPS continues to grow, it creates exciting opportunities for Medline to offer cost savings to members as they try and navigate through the ever-changing healthcare landscape and increasing supply-chain requirements. We are dedicated to providing products that improve operational efficiencies and protect their revenue,” said William Torrance, senior vice president of national accounts for Medline’s scientific products division.

The contract is effective through Feb. 29, 2019.

About CHAMPS Group Purchasing
CHAMPS Group Purchasing leverages the purchasing power of 7,000+ member locations across the United States allowing them access to significant savings in product categories, including medical supplies, foodservice, wireless, office supplies and facility maintenance. As an owner of Premier, one of the largest buying groups in the country, CHAMPS sponsors its members allowing them access to more than $44 billion in purchasing volume, 2,000+ agreements, GPO contract management and unparalleled customer service. It’s simple to start realizing significant savings - with zero fees and no cost to join - the sign-up process is seamless. CHAMPS is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and 2015, as well as to ERC’s NorthCoast 99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more, visit

About Medline
Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the health care industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care. For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.